GAA WILL PAY €160 MILLION TO IMPROVE TWO STADIUMS

The Gaelic Athletic Association has announced they will invest financially to modernise Pairc Ui Chaoimh and Casement Park.

The improvements, expected to be completed by 2015, will cost €160 million, the largest investment made by the GAA on infrastructure since the redevelopment of Croke Park in 2005. But GAA Director General Paraic Duffy admits it will put the Association under pressure.

Duffy said: “It will be a huge strain on our resources, clearly we are talking about getting into borrowings here."

Redevelopments of Casement Park, one of the largest stadiums in Ulster, will see its current capacity of 32,600 increase to 40,000. And in Cork, Pairc Ui Chaoimh will undergo two redevelopment stages which will include 2,000 corporate and premium seats as well as increasing the stadium's capacity to 45,000. Naming rights will also be sold.

 

Posted on 21/09/2012